Fullerton PD Sergeant: Cicinelli Smashing Kelly Thomas' Face With Taser OK Because I Trusted Him

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Media pool photo by the OC Reg
Courtroom image of the blood-stained Taser gun Fullerton police officers used to "smash" Kelly Thomas' face "to hell"

During Monday's testimony in the Kelly Thomas murder trial, defense witness and Ranking Officer at the Scene of the Beating, Fullerton Police Department Sgt. Kevin Craig testified that he saw former Cpl. Jay Cicinelli beat Kelly Thomas in the face twice with a Taser. But the sight of the burly cyclops smashing the machine on a tiny man didn't worry him one bit, because he trusted Cicinelli to use adequate force for the situation.

"[You] trusted Corp. Cicinelli to use necessary force?" an incredulous District Attorney Tony Rackauckas asked.

"Yes," Craig replied.

Craig also testified that Cicinelli told him that he struck Thomas in the face because he felt he had run out of options.

The defense had called Craig to the stand to explain that the officers' actions during the beating were consistent with their training.

Craig was the fifth of six officers at the scene and saw Cicinelli strike Kelly shortly after arriving. As the highest-ranking officer at the scene, Craig was in charge, and failed to render any aid to Kelly during the beating. Instead, he placed a knee on Kelly's back to help subdue him when the four other officers asked him for help.

Craig testified that none of Kelly's cries for help or claims that he couldn't breathe didn't worry him because Kelly was still "fighting."

"From the time you arrived to the time the cuffs were on and attached to [Kelly's] legs, you believed that you were dealing with a dangerous subject, correct?" Rackauckas asked.

"Correct," Craig replied.

Craig is one of three officers involved not accused of any crimes connected to the beating due to lack of evidence.

During cross-examination, Craig also testified that he thought that Thomas may have had a weapon, or might have tried to grab an officer's weapon due to the level of force that the other officers were using to try to subdue him.

But, he admitted, he never saw Thomas with a weapon.

"You never saw Kelly Thomas reach for any weapon, did ya?" Rackauckas asked.

"No," Craig responded.

"You never saw Kelly Thomas grabbing for a Taser, did ya?" Rackauckas continued.

"No," Craig said again.

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18usc241
18usc241 topcommenter

May I also suggest that before graduation every cop / deputy in Southern California do a six month tour of duty as a police officer in Colombia. You will come back with an incredible appreciation of how good you have it as a cop. With any luck, it will reduce your aggressiveness toward the people you swore to protect and serve.

18usc241
18usc241 topcommenter

Isn't there a legal limit to the number of bullshit excuses you can present to a jury for killing a person ?

erica.mahoney
erica.mahoney

"Craig also testified that Cicinelli told him that he struck Thomas in the face because he felt he had run out of options." - As if he used any options other than violence... I still don't understand how this escalated so quickly and so violently.  

bphood
bphood

The police state has some positive unintended consequences...more cops on film. My stomach churns when I watch this video....any humans would

dbo90275
dbo90275

" . . .  none of Kelly's cries for help . . .  didn't worry him . . ."

Either T-rex just elicited a damning admission with razor sharp cross, or our young reporter needs to better proof.

DavidZenger
DavidZenger

So tell me again. Why Craig isn't being prosecuted?

gm0622
gm0622

I am ashamed that these cretins are considered to be human. Close the Fullerton PD and get some real officers in there.

carleo
carleo

the thin blue line is thriving with the para militarization of our police departments- everyone else are the bad guys except the cops. Unless we make change nationwide, it will only get worse. Its time people- do not wait until its your loved one in the morgue, a victim of the police. 

Gabriel Torres
Gabriel Torres

Justice for Kelly Thomas Education for the police

thetexasmassacre
thetexasmassacre

It's crystal clear on the video tape that Thomas did nothing wrong. It is also clear that not enough arrests were made in this case. I saw SIX big Fullerton Police Officers murder this man on video and in front of 100+ witnesses while he screamed for help. Why are Kenton Hampton, James Blatney, and Kevin Craig still police officers after this?Where are the arrests of the other officers that helped cover this up or destroyed film evidence. And where are the federal charges?

BobLoblawsLawBlog
BobLoblawsLawBlog

"From the time you arrived to the time the cuffs were on and attached to [Kelly's] legs, you believed that you were dealing with a dangerous subject, correct?" Rackauckas asked.

"Correct," Craig replied.

Of course Kelly was dangerous. The police were beating him mercilessly, werent they? If he wasn't dangerouse they wouldn't be beating him to death. All that struggling and screaming proves he is dangerous! Better beat him some more until he stops screaming and struggling. After he calms down, you can stop beating him, then beat him his "rights".

FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

@paullucas714 

Agree. He just proves how deep the rabbit hole of denial goes. He seriously believes that the police are infallible.

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